Nicco Montano

USA

Fighting McMann in July
FlyweightUFC
May 14, 2019
Montano (suspension) will face off against Sara McMann in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Sacramento on July 13.
ANALYSIS
Montano is 4-2 as a pro and 1-0 in UFC, defeating Roxanna Modafferi via unanimous decision. She had previously been in the flyweight title conversation, but her inability to successfully make weight for her first scheduled title defense, coupled with a recent six-month USADA suspension, has halted her career progress to date. The weight cut shouldn't be as big of a factor this time around, as she'll be alotted an extra 10 pounds and compete at 135 pounds. However, she'll now give up one inch in both height and reach to McMann, who has suffered a loss in back-to-back fights. McMann is no light task for a bantamweight debut, as she's faced multiple former champions and was on a three-fight winning streak prior to the recent skid.
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Suspended until mid-May
FlyweightUFC
April 23, 2019
According to a release from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Montano was suspended six months after testing positive for trace amounts of a legal, contaminated supplement back in October.
ANALYSIS
Montano apparently tested positive for slim amounts of ostarine following an out-of-competition test conducted back in October, 2018. Consequentially, Montano accepted a six-month period of ineligibly starting on Nov. 15, meaning she will be eligible to return beginning May 15. Montano wasn't given the normal two-year suspension because she tested positive for a substance which was found in a common, legal supplement (contaminated supplement).
Flyweight title stripped
FlyweightUFC
September 7, 2018
Montano was stripped of her flyweight title after failing to appear at weigh-ins Friday, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Montano, who was scheduled to fight Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 in Dallas on Saturday, was taken to the hospital earlier on Friday. The former bantamweight was rendered unable to compete in the bout due to complications with her weight cut. As a result, UFC brass opted to strip the TUF 26 champion of her flyweight title before even giving her a chance to defend it. What the promotion plans to do with the belt remains up in the air, though look for an announcement of a new title fight in the near future.
Will not fight Saturday
FlyweightUFC
September 7, 2018
Montano (undisclosed) will defend her flyweight championship in the co-main event matchup against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 on Saturday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Montano remains the women's flyweight champion by default, but Dana White and the UFC brass will soon have some decisions to make about what to do with the 125-pound belt if Montano is unable to make weight and compete in the near future. For now, however, her health will be the primary concern, as the exact cause of her hospital visit remains unreported at this time. Look for the UFC to soon make an announcement on which undercard fight will be moved up to the pay-per-view portion of the card to replace what was originally scheduled for the co-main event.
Taken to hospital
FlyweightUFC
September 7, 2018
Montano's ability to fight at UFC 228 in Dallas on Saturday is in question after she was taken to the hospital for undisclosed reasons Friday morning, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's still too early to tell if the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship bout against Valentia Shevchenko will proceed as planned, as the exact reason for the hospital visit remains unknown. More info is expected to be released in short order that will presumably shed some light on the situation.
Title fight booked against Valentina Shevchenko
FlyweightUFC
July 18, 2018
Montano (foot) will take on Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 in Dallas on Sept. 8 for the UFC Women's Flyweight Championship, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Montano underwent foot surgery in early December after defeating Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision at the TUF 26 Finale in Las Vegas to become the first UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. She will look to defend her crown against Shevchenko, though it's expected that she will be the heavy underdog. Shevchenko dominated Priscila Cachoeira in Brazil in February, marking her first fight at 125 pounds since spending the majority of her career at 135 (and even fighting for a title there). Though nobody can take the TUF 25 title away from her, it would be nothing short of shocking if she beat Shevchenko -- a well-respected veteran of the sport who is just hitting her athletic prime at age 30.